Welcome to Trinity Lutheran in Bradenton, FL!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Faith,
        Since the onset of COVID-19, we have been unable to hold in-person worship services. Now that the Governor has declared Florida to be in Phase Three of reopening and lifted additional restrictions, Bishop Suarez has indicated support of in-person worship. He has stated that each congregation should determine what its in-person worship reopening plan should be, subject to implementing and following all government health and safety guidelines.
        After several meetings and lengthy discussions, our Church Council has agreed to begin indoor, in-person worship on a limited basis, beginning November 1st.
        Initially, there will be two indoor in-person services – a contemporary service on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (beginning Nov. 7th) and a traditional service on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.   Attendance will be limited to 25 people total at each service, and each service will last approximately 30 minutes. Reservations will be required. The link to RSVP online one week at a time, is posted below.  Or you may phone the Church Office (941-747-3081) to RSVP for the upcoming weekend service you wish to attend.
        We will continue the outdoor in-person worship service on Sundays at 9:00 am (with outdoor lawn, socially-distanced seating, as well as in-car attendance). No reservation is required for this outdoor worship. When lawn spaces are filled, you may worship from your vehicle.
        We continue to livestream and then post the 5:30pm Saturday and the 11am Sunday worship online.
        The South door to the Narthex will be opened 5 minutes before each service, and a greeter will welcome those who have made reservations, filed a one-time waiver with the church office, and are in agreement with the health and safety rules posted below. However, despite the health and safety measures being taken, we encourage those in high-risk categories (i.e., those over 65, those with chronic disease, those who are immunosuppressed, etc.) to choose one of the alternatives to in-person worship for your own health and safety.
        And so, it is with deep gratitude and joy that I look forward to sharing the Good News with you in the days ahead – online as we have been, in the beauty of creation for outdoor worship, and now, possibly in proximity as it seems safe to you, in Sanctuary.
        Following Jesus with You,

        Pastor Bobbie

Limited In-person Indoor Worship:

Traditional worship, Sundays at 11am, and Contemporary worship, Saturdays at 5:30pm.  As we seek to keep everyone safe during this global pandemic, indoor worship will be limited to 25 worshippers per service and have the following requirements:

1—Pre-registration online OR by phoning the church office for the upcoming week's worship, to secure one of the limited spaces.  To ensure your place in the Sanctuary, RSVP by noon on Friday, November 27th:

Call 941-747-3081 or Click here to RSVP for Saturday, November 28th. 

Call 941-747-3081 or Click here to RSVP for Sunday, November 29th. 

2—Wear a mask and stay physically distanced for the entirety of the time you are in the building. If you are physically unable to wear a mask, please come to an outdoor worship or attend worship online.

3—File a COVID Waiver for Worship.  The Rules and Waiver to Attend Worship are found on the Newsletters & Forms page of this website. Or you may sign a Waiver beforehand in the Church Office or at the church when you first come to indoor worship. 

Outdoor In-person Worship Continues at 9am Sundays!

Join us Sundays for outdoor in-person worship in the Memorial Garden area, either in parked cars or, if you bring a lawn chair, spaced physically distanced in the grass. No advanced reservations are needed. If the lawn area is already full, you can stay in your car and tune into our FM transmitter on your radio. Thanks to all our helpers making this happen! Aside from staying home and watching worship online, this is the safest worship opportunity we can offer you!

 

Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther shared some still applicable advice when he and his people were dealing with a critical health crisis: "I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence." 

Luther's Works Volume 43 page 132
 
Our Mission:  Being Neighbor  †  Sharing God’s Transforming Love!
       

 

Latest News!

Online worship:

Contemporary worship, December 24th, 5:30pm on Facebook Live, view any time after
Traditional worship, posted to YouTube at 3pm, December 24th, view at any time

 

In-Person worship:

Wednesday, December 23rd
5:30pm, Outdoor Sunset Candlelight Worship. RSVP for lawn seating required. Please sign up here or call the church office. Your reservation will be confirmed by Trinity staff.
7pm  Indoor Traditional Candlelight Worship. RSVP required as seating is limited. Please sign up here or call the church office. Your reservation will be confirmed by Trinity Staff.


Thursday, December 24th
4pm  Outdoor Worship.  RSVP for lawn seating required. Please sign up here or email or call the church office. Your reservation will be confirmed by Trinity staff.
7pm  Indoor Contemporary Candlelight Worship. RSVP required as seating is limited. Please sign up here or call the church office. Your reservation will be confirmed by Trinity Staff.


Please RSVP for the worship you wish to attend by Sunday, December 20th, either online (click corresponding link above) or by phone (941-747-3081). Thank you.


Coffee Hour, Sundays, 10-10:50am.  
Come join in for coffee hour on Sundays to connect with others and share in the love of community! 

The Meeting ID is 867 7887 8149. The link to Zoom is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86778878149   

To call in:
646-558-8656  or  301-715-8592  or  312-626-6799  or  346-248-7799. You’ll need to know the Meeting ID: 867 7887 8149.

Following Jesus Together (FJT) via Zoom: Tuesdays, 2pm.
FJT Groups meet over Zoom with Pastor Bobbie or Vicar Jeanette.  Plan to join in.  Link is below!

The readings and discussion questions for the 2pm FJT Group meeting Tuesday, November 24th, are here NOTE: today only, FJT is at 7pm. The meeting is at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2121403712Meeting ID: 212 1403 712.  Same phone numbers as below.

2pm FJT Tuesday
Join URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81850412212
Alternatively, if you are on Zoom, you can enter this as your meeting ID:
818 5041 2212

To call in to either Zoom meeting, the numbers are listed below. Enter the meeting ID number and then hit the pound key (#).  Your identity can be any number followed by the pound key (#) again.  [Example: 5#, 545#]

To call in: 
646-558-8656  or  301-715-8592  


Prayer List updated 11/24/2020

To access the names of those for whom we received prayer requests, use this link.

To add names to this list, please contact the church office at 941-747-3081 or email TrinityLutheranSecretary@gmail.com


Watch this site and our Facebook page for updates about all worship opportunities and activities. All were suspended due to the current COVID-19 health crisis.
            Pastor Bobbie and Vicar Jeanette remain available for phone calls, prayers and visits.  You can reach Pastor Bobbie at 941-243-9473 and Vicar Jeanette at 941-301-0691.
            Join with us in praying for all who are fearful and stressed in this time of health crisis, that the One who rose again on Easter will sustain and accompany each of us in this unprecedented journey.

Recent ONLINE Worship Bulletins, YouTube Links and Sermons are now available in the right column of our Worship In-Person / Online page !


See all news articles